The Economics of Health Reconsidered, Fourth Edition

 
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Now in its fourth edition, The Economics of Health Reconsidered presents an argument that still holds true: despite assertions to the contrary, neither economic theory nor evidence shows that reliance on market forces leads to superior outcomes in healthcare systems. Government plays a crucial role in making the healthcare sector not only more equitable but also more efficient. This book reconsiders the field of health economics as it is traditionally taught and practiced. It critically examines economic theory as applied to the health sector and questions the prevailing belief that a competitive healthcare marketplace results in the best outcomes.

Fully revised and updated, this new edition incorporates information on the impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as:

  • A new chapter on healthcare expenditures, which examines healthcare spending in the United States and in other high-income countries, including the magnitude, growth, and causes of high expenditures and the different policies that have been used or proposed to help control them
  • A new chapter that describes the various types of economic evaluation currently used in healthcare, discusses the issues that arise with the use of economic evaluations, and provides information on how to conduct an economic evaluation
  • New and updated data throughout chapters and exhibits
  • This book serves as an ideal stand-alone text for health economics and health policy courses and as a general reference for issues in health economics.

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    About the Author:

    Thomas Rice, PhD, is professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health. Between 2006 and 2011, he also served as vice chancellor for academic personnel at UCLA. Dr. Rice received his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1982. He served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of Public Health from 1983 to 1991, when he joined UCLA. Dr. Rice has published widely on issues such as the behavioral economics of healthcare, competition and regulation in health services, physicians economic behavior, cost containment, health insurance, and the Medicare program.

    Lynn Unruh, PhD, RN, is professor in the Department of Health Management and Informatics at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Unruh received her bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Illinois and her doctorate in economics from the University of Notre Dame. She has published extensively in areas such as nurse staffing and quality in hospitals and nursing homes, the nursing workforce, the work environment in hospitals and nursing homes, and the organizational responses of hospitals and nursing homes to reimbursement, regulatory, and market forces.

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